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U.S. HSR: Ready or not?
Optimists insist the U.S. is finally poised to join the world’s “true” high speed rail club. Skeptics say a hostile Congress could make that advance more difficult. Both may be…
APTA hails 3Q ridership gains
U.S. public transportation trips increased 2.0% in the third quarter compared with the third quarter of 2010, the American Public Transportation Association said Thursday—an increase of 52 million transit trips.…
A muddy supplier crystal ball
If there is one thing I've learned in my 23 years in the railway supply industry, it's that we are an optimistic bunch. Deal us a series of hardships and…
Va. advocates push another Amtrak extension
Buoyed by recent state-supported extensions of Amtrak service that have proven popular, state rail advocates are clamoring for Amtrak service to be extended to Virginia’s southwestern reaches, including Roanoke, Va.,…
Bombardier marks work in India, Netherlands
Bombardier Transportation on Monday said it has won a contract for propulsion and control equipment in India from Mumbai Railway Vikas Corp. (MRVC) in India. MRVC is a joint venture…
A natural fit?
No longer content with the "static quo," Amtrak seeks to establish European-style HSR in the U.S. Northeast—and operate other planned U.S. HSR systems. Amtrak Vice President-High Speed Rail Albrecht Engel makes…
Amtrak readies NEC bridge replacement
Continuing to upgrade and replace bridges in Connecticut on its Northeast Corridor, Amtrak is preparing to replace two bridge spans in Stonington, Conn, and will suspend passenger service from 4:00…
Seeking true high speed rail for the Northeast
Amtrak Sept. 28 unveiled an ambitious vision for "Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service" in the Northeast, superseding and complementing its existing Northeast Corridor, and designed to dramatically reduce travel times between…
Why passenger rail—and Amtrak—are vital to America
When the private freight railroads desperately wanted out of the passenger rail business, Congress saw the need for a single national passenger rail service provider with a mission to improve…
100 years of growth
As New York Penn Station marks a century of service, planners are gearing up for the next 100 years. A century ago, the Pennsylvania Railroad was in the midst of one…
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